Sac Sheriff

Alarm Ordinance Bureau

Mailing Address:
4500 Orange Grove Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95841

Phone hours:
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday - Friday

Alarm Permit Applications & Forms

A permit is required in Sacramento County to connect or operate an alarm system.

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The Sheriff's Office responds to approximately 32,000 alarm calls per year. On average, 98% of these calls are false. The Alarm Bureau enforces the Sacramento County Emergency Alarm Ordinance.


Frequently Asked Questions

When should I call 911?

Call 911 when there is a life threatening emergency or a crime is in progress . It is not meant to be used to contact the Sheriff's Office about routine matters.

Why do I have to get an alarm permit?

Sacramento County Alarm Ordinance 9.96.085 requires a valid permit on file. The Alarm Ordinance was established in 1986.

What is a False Alarm?

"False Alarm" means the activation of an alarm system which precipitates a response by police services of Sacramento County when police services are not required. False alarms do not include alarms resulting from violent acts of nature, such as earthquakes, gale force winds, or tornadoes. (SCC 1086 § 2, 1997; SCC 0747 § 2, 1988; SCC 667 § 1, 1986).

How much is the permit?

The permit fee is $50.00. However, if you are notified by the Alarm Ordinance Bureau that an alarm permit is required and have not complied with the notice, additional fees will accrue:

After 30 days, a $25.00 surcharge will be added, raising the permit fee to $75.00

After 30 days, a failure to comply fee of $250.00 will be added, raising the permit fee to $325.00.

How do I get an alarm permit?

Click the ONLINE ALARM PERMIT PORTAL button at the top of this page to register, submit your Alarm Permit application, and pay the fee. Once your application and fee have been processed, an alarm permit will be mailed to you.

Do I have to register my permit online?

We prefer that you use the online portal to register your alarm permit. Using the online registration is fast and easy. Signing up online enables the Sheriff’s Office Alarm Ordinance Bureau to process your application more quickly and helps us provide better service to the communities we serve. However, if there is a problem accessing the portal, there is a paper form available. You can download the form at the link below and send it to us via US Postal Service mail to

Sacramento County Sheriff
Attn: Alarm Ordinance Bureau
4500 Orange Grove Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95841
Phone Hours:
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday - Friday

Alarm Permit Application

Do I have to renew my permit?

Yes. In 2007, the Sacramento County Emergency Alarm Ordinance was revised so that , permits are valid for TWO years. You will receive a courtesy notice at least 45 days prior to the renewal due date. There is NO grace period. If you live in the City of Rancho Cordova, they do not require permits to be renewed. To see a copy of the City of Rancho Cordova permit ordinance, please go HERE.

Who is required to get a permit?

An alarm permit is required for anyone who operates an alarm system in the county of Sacramento. ALARM SYSTEM means a device or system that emits, transmits, or relays, when tripped, a signal intended to summon, or that could reasonably be expected to summon, police services of the County. Alarm system does not include:

An alarm installed on a vehicle, unless the vehicle is permanently located at a site; nor

An alarm which by design only alerts the occupants of a residence or business premises; nor

Alarm devices installed on a temporary basis by the Sheriff's Office. (SCC 0747 § 2, 1988; SCC 667 § 1, 1986).

Are alarm permits transferable?

The alarm ordinance states that the alarm permits are not transferable by name or by address. If either one is changed, a new permit is required.

If I cancel my alarm permit, can I receive a refund?

All alarm permit fees are non-refundable.

How do I appeal a False Alarm Invoice?

Any person may appeal the assessment of a false alarm service fee by filing a notice of appeal with the Sheriff within fifteen (15) days of the mailing of the service fee invoice. The service fee invoice shall advise the person to whom the fee is assessed of the right to appeal. The notice of appeal shall state all reasons why the appealing party believes that the fee was improperly assessed and shall be accompanied by any documentary evidence that the appealing party wishes to be considered. The appeal and all documentation shall be reviewed by the Sheriff or the Sheriff's designee. The decision of the Sheriff or the Sheriff's designee shall be final. In the event that it is determined that the false alarm fee was improperly assessed, the fee shall be canceled. (SCC 1086 § 6, 1997; SCC 0747 § 2, 1988; SCC 667 § 1, 1986).

What happens if I miss my renewal due date?

After your renewal due date has passed, a $50 reactivation fee ($45 renewal fee and $5 late fee) will be required.

What if I sell my house and move to a new one? Or I own a business and have either sold it, or moved to a new location?

Alarm permits are non-transferable. The permit is valid for the name and address on the application only. You must notify our office to void the old permit, and apply for a new permit for your new address. The new owner/occupant of your home or business must apply for a permit in their name if they continue to use the alarm system.

How do I know if my house is located in the Sheriff’s Office jurisdiction?

You can look up your address up on at the following link to see what Jurisdiction you fall under. The County of Sacramento Sheriff’s Office handles all of the unincorporated areas of Sacramento as well as the City of Rancho Cordova.


Is there anything else I should know?

Always keep your contact information current with your alarm company so they can notify you of an alarm event. It is required that your alarm company have your permit number and current expiration date.

If you need help understanding or working your alarm system, contact your alarm company and request additional training.

Make any updates to your account via the Online Alarm Permit Portal or contact the Sheriff’s Office Alarm Bureau with any changes in name or address occur, i.e. you are moving or you have sold your home or business.

What if I have problems with my Alarm Company?

If you are unhappy about the way an Alarm Company has been treating you, or you think you are being scammed, please contact either the Better Business Bureau or the Department of Consumer Affairs.

For additional information about Alarm Company Scams.


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